Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol

The Renewable Fuel Standard has successfully driven the production and use of low carbon fuels in the U.S. transportation fleet. Corn ethanol has replaced 10 percent of climate change causing petroleum. The RFS was enacted, in part, to drive innovation and the production of low carbon biofuels that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50 percent and more than petroleum - so called "advanced biofuels."

This White Paper walks through the current state of science as it relates to the lifecycle GHG emissions of corn ethanol and makes recommendations for updating lifecycle modeling which is used to inform low carbon policy decisions. 

American Coalition for Ethanol - White Paper - Published August 2018

American Coalition for Ethanol - White Paper - Published August 2018

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Since 2018, ACE has been working alongside the Great Plains Institute (GPI), as well as fuel producers and marketers, environmental and research organizations, scientists and engineers, and agriculture and industry stakeholders to create a report that details the unique considerations needed to design a successful Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest. Created by Midwesterners for the Midwest, the report recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that encourages a fair and competitive marketplace and benefits producers, consumers, agriculture, utilities, jobs, and public health.

The Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest white paper is the result of nearly two years of analysis and stakeholder discussion by the Midwestern Clean Fuels Initiative facilitated by GPI. The Initiative’s consensus white paper illustrates broad support for a policy by diverse interests across the region. The paper is intended to inform further discussion of new and existing clean fuels policies and how they could be tailored to benefit the Midwest.

Great Plains Institute - White Paper - Published January 2020

Great Plains Institute - White Paper - Published January 2020

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